Teaching mathematics is a challenge, a responsibility, and an opportunity. Learning to teach mathematics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of mathematics, pedagogical preparation within a mathematical context, formal clinical preparation in education, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.
There is strong demand for elementary teachers with a strong background in mathematics, but there is an even greater need for quality mathematics teachers — teachers who care about both students and mathematics, teachers who have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics, and teachers who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.
As prospective elementary teachers specializing in mathematics, students focus on expanding their personal understanding of mathematics and capitalizing on opportunities to work with pre-college students — as tutors, classroom assistants, practicum students, and as novice teachers in an internship position. The Mathematics — Elementary major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.
Involved in both the mathematics and the teaching community, math education students get the benefits of being a part of two colleges. Access to the Math Center as well as a myriad of teaching resources, helps our students meet their maximum potential as both teachers and learners.